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Barbados Essentials

General Overview

Like many Caribbean Islands, Barbados has beautiful beaches but where it differs is the diversity in the villa accommodation. No matter what your budget is, whether you are looking for a value-for-money beachfront villa or a budget-busting luxury villa on the Sandy Lane Estate, Barbados can cater to all. For full details of our Barbados villas for rent can be found on our homepage.  The vast plantation homes of the first settlers of Barbados can be seen as you move across to the rugged yet spectacular east coast where the Atlantic ocean hits the island and attracts surfers from all over the world. Barbados attracts over 500,000 visitors to its island every year and has the highest % of return visitors of all the Caribbean islands. That says something about the island and the people. Everyone wants to go back.

Travelling to Barbados

Barbados is easily accessible from the UK, Europe, US, and Canada plus other Caribbean Islands. We have highlighted approx flight times from some of the major cities from these countries;

London8 hrs 50 mins
Manchester8 hrs 55 mins
Brussels9 hrs
Frankfurt9 hrs 20 mins
New York4 hrs 20 mins
Atlanta4 hrs 45 mins
Dallas5 hrs 30 mins
5 hrs
Montreal5 hrs
Toronto45 mins
St. Lucia1 hr


Grantley Adams International (IATA Code: BGI) is the sole airport in Barbados.  It is located on the south east of the island. It is approx 9 miles to the capital Bridgetown and will take approx 45 mins by car to reach the hub of the west coast, Holetown. Car hire and taxis are readily available from the airport.

Car Rental / Airport transfers

Here at Tropical Island Rentals, we can pre-arrange airport transfers for you so they will meet you upon exiting the arrivals hall and they will take you straight to your holiday villa. We can also arrange a car rental for you. This can either be picked up at the airport or they will drop it off at the villa for you. You can then either leave it at the airport on your departure or again the car hire company will pick it up from your villa rental. If you would prefer to organise your own car hire then we would suggest Drive a Matic or Stoutes Car Rental as both offer good quality car hire rentals.


Barbados offers sunshine every day! It averages out between 8 to 9 hours of sunshine per day. Average temperatures range from 28°C to 31°C. December through to May tend to be the driest months whilst September through November are the wettest months. When it does rain it tends to be either early in the morning or late afternoon showers and they are normally over very quickly. The Hurricane season officially runs from June through to October but a hurricane in Barbados is a very rare occurrence.


The currency of Barbados is the Barbados Dollar (BBD). It is pegged to the US$ at a rate of $1.98 BDS to $1.00 US. We do advise that you take some local currency with you although you will find that many places accept US $ and the majority of shops and restaurants will also accept major credit cards.


Electricity in Barbados is 110 volts/50 cycles Standard plug types in Barbados are: Flat blade (2 flat blades) Flat blades with a round grounding pin You should be fine if you are travelling from North America, but you may need adaptors if you are travelling from Europe. However, always check with your agent or villa manager as many villas now supply adaptors for you.


Barbados is considered a very safe destination to travel to but like anywhere crime does happen so just take the normal precautions as if you were at home. i.e Lock all windows and doors at night, keep valuables out of sight and use your villa’s security safe if they have one.

Items you will definitely need

Sun cream – With the many hours of sunshine in Barbados, this is a necessity.

Sun hat / Sunglasses – The sun is strong in Barbados, so always protect your eyes and head as well as your skin.

Mosquito protection – This is especially true during the more humid months between July and November.

Light clothing – It doesn’t get cold in Barbados so light clothing is all that is required.

Camera / Video Camera – Barbados is beautiful and taking evidence of this is vital.

Driver’s License – It is worth renting a car for at least part of your vacation in Barbados, so you can explore this stunning island.  You will need a valid driver’s license and you will need to obtain a Barbados driving permit.  The permits can be issued to you by your car rental company. 


If you want to eat out and if you like great food then Barbados will not disappoint. There are a wide variety of fine dining restaurants on the island, many offering spectacular views from your dining table. They offer local cuisine, seafood, and continental cuisine. It is always worth booking in advance especially during the peak months of December through to April. As well as fine dining there are many other options to suit all tastes and budgets. Many of the villas that Rent a Barbados Villa have on offer include a chef/cook service so you can even have some of your own fine dining experience from within the comforts of your own luxury Barbados villa.

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